Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Heart of Gold by Jeanette Miller

Heart of Gold Tour

Welcome to my tour stop for LDS contemporary romance, Heart of Gold by Jeanette Miller
This was a great read! Check out my review below and enter the giveaway...

Heart of GoldHeart of Gold
by Jeanette Miller
LDS Contemporary Romance
Paperback, 272 Pages
March 3rd 2015 by Covenant Communications

Summary

Ashlyn Carter feels as brittle as the lifeless roses that border her new house. A year after the tragic death of her husband, the young widow discovers a horrifying secret. Heartbroken and humiliated, she resolved that no one could ever know. Now, back in her hometown with her three-year-old daughter, she's ready for a fresh start. But Ashlyn is unprepared to find that an embarrassing memory, buried deep in her past, is about to resurface. . .

Ryan Anderson was the last person Ashlyn expected to see. After the unexpected kiss they d shared years earlier, she assumed she'd never see him again. Though she tries to avoid him at all costs, Ashlyn finds herself running into her former flame far more often than she'd like. Between her uncomfortable history with Ryan and the series of well-meaning suitors pursuing her, Ashlyn finds herself disenchanted with dating altogether. Yet as she and Ryan slowly become reacquainted, she feels her resolve to avoid a relationship slipping. But when moving forward with Ryan means revealing the secrets he's worked so hard to keep, will Ashlyn have the courage to leave behind her late husband's legacy of deceit and learn to love again?

   

My Review

Heart of Gold was such a fun and enjoyable book, while also pulling forth my emotions as the main character, Ashlyn, had to come to grips with her past and open up to the future. It was full of family, friendship, romance, and a character's struggle with forgiveness and to let joy back into her life.

I connected right away with Ashlyn and came to love her and the other characters in this story. Ryan was a great leading guy and I especially loved his and Ashlyn's interactions with Ashlyn's daughter. She was delightful and added so much to this story. I also loved Ashlyn's family and the way they supported and loved Ashlyn. Probably my favorite parts of the story were when Ashlyn and Ryan spent time together and with Ashlyn's daughter. There was a tangible chemistry between these characters and some hilarious and sweet moments. 

The story pretty much held my attention the whole way from beginning to end. I did get a little frustrated or impatient with Ashlyn when I wanted her to just let go. At the same time I understood why she felt as she did and how hard things had been for her. The inspirational element was light and perfect for the story. I didn't feel anything was too easy and it definitely left me with that happily-ever-after feeling at the end.

I'd definitely recommend Heart of Gold to LDS romance readers and Christian romance readers in general. It was sweet, heartfelt, romantic, and had a little girl, her mother, and a hero that any reader would fall in love with. I certainty did.


Content: Clean

Source: I would like to thank the publisher, Covenant Communications, for my complimentary review copy, which did not affect my review in any way.


Jeanette Miller was born in northern California but spent most of her childhood in Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica, where her father worked. Jeanette attended Brigham Young University, where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. After graduating, she taught third grade for four years in the Spanish Immersion program. When Jeanette isn't reading a novel, she's watching their movie equivalents. She also loves scapbooking, designing jewelry, and eating chocolate. She would love to travel all over the world someday. Jeanette and her husband, Michael, have six children. They live in Pleasant Grove, Utah.


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